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The 21 Most Memorable Moments from Disney Films

There’s something magical about Disney movies and it isn’t always the happy ending. Disney first started releasing movies in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and they’ve created a franchise of Disney princesses since.

However, Disney doesn’t just focus on your typical princess fairytale anymore, and there are many moments in a Disney film that both children and adults can find memorable. Sometimes it’s a cute moment between a girl who falls through the rabbit hole, and sometimes it’s an old man finding a scrapbook that his wife has left him.

Whatever the impression Disney films leave on you, there is no question that they will make you laugh and cry. Here are twenty-one of the most memorable scenes from animated and live action Disney films.

1. Miguel Sings to Coco

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Miguel promises Victor that he won’t let Coco forget him. When he returns he has the story behind the real author of “Remember Me” and has a touching moment with his grandmother.

2. The Mad Hatter Tea Party  

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Alice in Wonderland is a trippy little film that takes a young girl into a magical world. One of the most iconic and memorable scenes is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Sitting at the table with the March Hare and the Dormouse, Alice finds stacks of teacups and treats and is introduced to the idea of a Un-Birthday.

3. Bing Bong Saves Joy and Sadness 

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Inside Out does a great job of playing with the intricacies of human memory, but nothing is sadder than watching Bing Bong fall into a chasm never to be heard from again. Riley’s bubbly imaginary friend sacrifices himself that Joy can get to control and the moments before he fades from view are some of the saddest we remember.

4. “I Put a Spell on You”

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How can you put Bette Middler in a movie about witches and not have her enchant a Halloween Party with a song? When Winifred Sanderson breaks out into a witch-y rendition of “I Put a Spell on You” in Hocus Pocus it seems like the only appropriate reaction would be for the party-goers to think that it was an act. The scene is a good romp and spectacle.

5. Moana Faces Te Ka 

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Like most Disney films, Moana will make you laugh and cry, but nothing is more touching than the moment that she realizes Te Ka and Ne Fiti are one and the same. When she asks the sea to part so she can restore the heart it’s a beautiful moment with soft singing as she places her head against Te Ka’s. In this moment, Moana shows us that sometimes you have to face your fears in order to get to your goals.

6. Have Courage and Be Kind

  

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The live-action Cinderella added a scene where Ella’s mother told her to have courage and be kind. The touching scene fills a void not often seen in retellings of fairytales and lets the audience start off the movie a little teary-eyed.

7. Mia Thermopolis Finds Out She’s a Princess  

Credit: The Princess Diaries/Walt Disney Pictures

Who can forget the moment that Mia Thermopolis sat across from her grandmother and was told she was the Princess of Genovea? The only thing more iconic than Anne Hathaway’s, “Shut up!” is Julie Andrews’s choking on her tea afterwards.

8. Nemo Escapes

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Getting Nemo home is an effort on all sides. The scene in Finding Nemo where the tank crew attempt to save him from Darla, aided by the fortunate timing of his dad is a scene that is both comedic and iconic.

9. Mulan Saves China 

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Mulan is a movie all about a girl who subverts expectation and then demolishes them when she saves her country. The final battle scene is a well-executed, earned ending with a bit of the humor that Mulan had at the beginning of her story and a clear mission. Her chant of “Get off the roof! Get off the roof!” as she runs from the oncoming explosion is a particularly nice touch.

10. Merida Shoots for Her Own Hand 

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Until Merida, most Disney and Pixar princesses had a prince. Brave’s Merida was the first Disney princess to defy expectation and fight for her freedom. The moment when she marches into the archery competition and declares she’ll shoot for her own hand is one that we’ll always remember.

11. Feed the Birds  

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Mary Poppins’s song about a woman who sells crumbs to feed the birds sounds like a nice lullaby for the Banks children until the children see her the next day. Rather than open a bank account, they decide they’d rather feed the birds. Soon the lullaby turns into a lesson on banking. The result of these scenes is a bank run.

12. Roger Saves Lucky

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The scene is so quiet while Pongo and Purdy’s puppies are born in 101 Dalmatians. Pongo is waiting by the door expectedly for news. Nanny comes in and out for a towel. The clock is ticking. The thunder is crashing. Roger is sitting in the corner smoking his pipe.

There’s a moment of jubilation as Nanny rushes out to announce the arrival of the puppies. Eight. Ten. Eleven. Thirteen. Fourteen. Fifteen. Then the joy falls when Nanny presents Roger with one puppy that didn’t make it. Roger resuscitates the puppy, and as it crawls out from the blanket and shouts, “We still have fifteen!”

13. Quasimodo Claims Sanctuary  

Credit: The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Walt Disney Pictures

There’s the kind of sanitizing Disney does to Grimm’s fairytales and then there’s trying to clean up Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The climactic scene in which Quasimodo breaks out of his chains and rescues Esmeralda from the fire, and scales the cathedral is an epic spectacle.

14. Wall-E Cares for Eve After Finding the Plant

Credit: Wall-E/Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar

Wall-E was alone on Earth before he met Eve, and when Eve shut down after finding a plant he wasn’t sure what to do. The montage of Wall-E pushing the floating Eve around is a sweet montage of the last two beings on Earth that is both funny and heart-breaking at the same time.

15. Carl Finds Ellie’s Adventure Book

Credit: Up/Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar

Up starts with Carl and Ellie’s story, and it’s only fair that their love boosts him into the climax of the show. Carl finds the Adventure Book and places the image of Paradise Falls with the house on the cliff in the front. Then flips through to find that Ellie has filled it with photos from their life together. On the last page, she writes “Thanks for the Adventure. Now go have a new one.”

16. Remember Who You Are

Credit: The Lion King/Walt Disney Pictures

The Lion King is a classic Disney tale, but the moment Rafiki lets Simba speak to Mufasa’s spirit is heartbreaking. The idea of Mufasa living within Simba is a touching one, and the words used are so gentle.

17. Woodland Creatures Help Snow White Clean the House 

Credit: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves /Walt Disney Pictures

There are so many problematic themes in Snow White, but the one scene that always sticks out from this film is how the woodland creatures help her clean the house. This magical moment enchants younger audiences and leaves younger audiences wondering why, no matter how they sing, they can’t summon woodland creatures to help them clean the house.

18. True Love Melts Anna’s Frozen Heart  

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At the center of Frozen is Elsa and Anna’s sisterhood, and it’s no surprise that it’s key to the end of the story. Anna stepping in front of Klaus and saving Elsa is a very moving act that in turn thaws her frozen heart, and gives Elsa an idea for how she can end Arendale’s winter.

19. Bella Note Spaghetti Dinner

Credit: Lady and the Tramp/Walt Disney Pictures

Lady and the Tramp’s Tony is such a dog person! Sitting the dogs at the table and ordering spaghetti and meatballs for them, then serenading them as they eat is so heartfelt. Plus, the silent dinner interaction between the two dogs is a lot of fun to watch.

20. Giselle Arrives in New York City

Credit: Enchanted/Walt Disney Pictures

Enchanted gave us a gift, Amy Adams as a singing princess in a big white dress running through busy New York City streets. If you ever wondered how a Disney princess would react to the real work, Giselle’s amazement and confusion as she climbs out of a manhole cover in a puffy white wedding dress will answer that question.

21. You Can Fly

Credit: Peter Pan/Walt Disney Pictures

What child doesn’t want to fly? The scene where Peter Pan teaches the Darling children to fly is a memorable Disney moment because of how uplifting it is. The idea that all a person needs to fly is a happy thought is so magical that you can’t help but smile.

Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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The history of Gay Rights in the country date back to the late ’60s and the epicenter was Manhattan. The core fighters of the LGBTQ community include Marsha P. Johnson, Scott G. Brown, Sylvia Rivera, and a slew of other pioneers. The sad thing is this generation has passed or will very soon, which is why we have to honor their legacy while they’re still alive. One of those people is an inspiring person in our Latinx community.

Victoria Cruz, who is in her 70s, is a survivor of the Stonewall Riots and is still very much a part of the fight for LGBTQ rights.

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Cruz, who was born in Puerto Rico, is one of 11 children that grew up in New York. While Cruz was born a male, she knew since she was in high school that she was a woman. Back in the ’60s, that was no easy thing to admit, yet her Puerto Rican family supported her transition.

While her family and close community were supportive, Cruz faced immense hardships including harassment from the police, and later in the ’90s, she was assaulted.

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Four of her coworkers physically assaulted her, which left her in ruins.

“I was very angry. Very angry,” Cruz said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017. “The worst part of it is that I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me, and added that she was “was contemplating suicide,” at the time.

But she overcame that tough time and is recognized as a leader in the movement for Gay Rights.

Yet, despite the hate and violence she faced, Cruz pushed on standing up for her LGBTQ+ family.

“I used to go to St. Vincent’s on my lunch hour…and I would see her,” Cruz told The Advocate. “She called to me, ‘Victoria, come here.’ And she always called me Dickie, you know, so when she said, ‘Victoria come here,’ I knew that she meant business. I sat down, and she looked at me. She said, ‘Try to keep the community together because we are our own worst enemy. And there’s power in numbers.’ And then she said, ‘The world will come up to try to divide us, and when you divide a community, you conquer it. So try to keep the community together.’”

As a trans woman and pioneer of the LGBTQ movement, Cruz said positive change is happening right now.

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“I’m optimistic, and I’m hopeful that it will change for the better,” she told The Advocate. “There’s power in numbers. If we unite and keep united, we can make the future different, and what we want it to be. By galvanizing one another, we galvanize each other. And with the same frame of mind, the same frame of thought, we can change what’s happening.”

Trans rights are the new frontier in the LGBTQ+ movement. Despite the contributions made to the movement by trans women of color, cis members of the LGBTQ+ community ignore their plight or add to the harassment.

“There is so much hatred directed toward queer people, particularly transgender women of color. For what? Why? I think it may be about people’s own insecurities about their own identities and sexualities. And further, people don’t know their history,” Cruz told BC/Stories. “The transgender experience isn’t new. It’s as old as the human experience, and anyone who does their research would know this. I think society needs to be educated, and maybe after being educated, empathy will follow.”

READ: Zuri Moreno Made Sure The Trans Community In Montana Remained Safe

Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

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In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

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The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

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While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

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“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

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